ETERNAL SALVATION – For The Records


From 2015 when we started George’s Diary Blog to this moment, a lot of thoughts has been shared on the subject of eternal salvation, some of the opinions also came from the notes I havee kept from years before 2015 when God started opening my eyes on the subject of salvation. Some of these thoughts may have been improved and made clearer as we grow. Before I heard the word “OSAS”, I already believed that Salvation is eternal. The reason was simple, that was what I understood as salvation from the day it became clear to me. John 3:16 which I started quoting as a little child says

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, but have ETERNAL LIFE”

First, the criteria for salvation is the belief in the Son sent by God to the world; Jesus. In a nutshell, that is faith! So, salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus. Secondly, the invitation was given to whosoever and the result of believing is that “whosoever” shall not perish but instead have the life of God. I grew up knowing John 3:16 even before I could read comprehension in school. The doctrine of eternal salvation is accurately and vehemently captured in John 3:16

If you’ve followed George’s Diary, you’ll see a consistent use of the word “eternal salvation” other than “once saved always saved”, while you may find traces of the later, we have been much more consistent with using the word “eternal salvation”. The reason is that many people hinge on semantics to discredit us and therefore I prefer to use those things I know are word-for-word in consistent with what the Bible teaches. This doesn’t mean I believe differently from what many others who use the word “OSAS” believe. Another reason is because of some very few personal thoughts that I have kept to myself until there is more light in that area. The only thing I want to achieve with this article is to make my stand on the doctrine of eternal salvation very clear.

This is the same doctrine for which I have been abused by fellow church-folks, the same doctrine for which many severed all ties with me and the same doctrine for which my conviction is too strong that it had to rob me of the wisdom of reaching a compromise to keep some relationships, especially those who believe that once you don’t believe what they believe, you’re an enemy. The religious folks will always play the major role in the persecution of those who stand for the truth and the funny thing is that they won’t know they are persecuting us, they will always see it as though they are fighting for God.

There are few points that capture a large chunk of our stand, here in George’s Diary and other affiliate outfits and ministries on the doctrine of eternal salvation otherwise known as eternal security.

1. WHOSOEVER IS IN CHRIST is a new creature. We became new in our spiritual DNA, our past loosed hold on us which means that our new life is founded on God’s righteousness and not on sin!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

2. There is no place for works for the guarantee of salvation. We act as saved because we are saved, we don’t act to be saved. Paul called Galatians foolish for ever thinking they can earn salvation based on works.

“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” – Galatians 3:2‭-‬3 NLT

3. A believer cannot lose his salvation, a believer cannot reject salvation. Anyone who claimed to be a believer and later denounced the faith, he never believed in the first place. When people denounce the faith, it is proof that they never believed the gospel. To believe is without doubt; doubting to the extent of turning back from what was once claimed to have been believed

“These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” – 1 John 2:19 NLT

4. A believer doesn’t sin, but even if a believer does sin, we have an advocate who intercedes on the behalf of the believer. The sin of a believer doesn’t nullify salvation. This is the ever-active work of Jesus! Jesus is the atonement for the sins of the entire world.

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” – 1 John 2:1‭-‬2 NLT

5. We rest on the finished works of Jesus, we can’t improve on it or maintain it. If we are in Jesus, we are saved.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” – Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 NLT

6. The power of sin has been dealt with. The ability of sin to keep you condemned has been destroyed. You are now subject to God’s grace.

“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” – Romans 6:14‭, ‬18 NLT

7. There is only one unforgivable sin and that is the sin of unbelief. It is unforgivable, not because God is lacking in some degrees of mercy but because total unbelief is the rejection of salvation in its entirety. To deny Jesus is the sin against the Holy Spirit.

“But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.  Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:9‭-‬10 NLT

8. The maturity of the believer is not hinged on dos and donts but on the revelation of God’s word, as it renews our mind. We were not given ministers of the gospel to teach what is sin and what isn’t sin, the essence is for the maturity of the saints.

“This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” – Ephesians 4:13‭-‬14 NLT

9. We produce forth fruit as a result of what God is doing in us. It is God working in us to do good works and show forth our salvation.

“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 NLT

10. The believer in Christ shouldn’t be afraid of judgment on any grounds because the believer is saved and eternally secured. Our love grows perfect every day in Christ.

“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” – 1 John 4:17 NLT

11. The Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantees that we are safe in Christ and that God is with us forever.

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” – Ephesians 1:14 NLT

The only grounds on which people who question the doctrine of eternal salvation do so is is these questions “are you now saying we should continue sinning? Do you mean that if a Christian dies in fornication that he is not going to hell? Do you mean that when we don’t ask for the forgiveness of our sins that we are still saved?” But to some extents, these questions show our level of maturity, why should a Christian be thinking fornication all the time? Why aren’t they asking “if I was bitter about someone in my heart and suddenly die, am I going to hell?” Why are they only talking about the sins that we deem big?

The reason we keep debating sin is that we think it’s by moral instructions, that we can get men to growth… No, it’s not. Sin shouldn’t be a subject to dwell on, sin has been dealt with and as we grow in the word of God, we become more like God in the body, we continue to wear off the clothes of sin.

It’s either we are covered or we are not covered, its either we are saved or we are not saved. It is either we are sealed or we are not sealed.

When we discuss the gospel here at George’s Diary and other affiliated organisations, especially as regards to salvation, we don’t teach what we simply read in books or hear others, you won’t find us quoting anyone except the Bible because this is the same gospel that saved us when we were lost and confused. What changed us was the good news of God’s grace and his never-ending love. Our convictions stemmed up from the word when we knew nothing and when we knew no man!

We are so assured of our salvation that “making heaven” isn’t a prayers point you’ll ever hear us pray. When I do something wrong and I come to God in the place of prayer, I pour my heart to him and affirm how I didn’t get it right but I am not pleading for forgiveness to get God to forgive me, I am already forgiven even before I sinned, I simply key into that truth in all humility and absolute reverence to God. I also don’t have anything against people asking for forgiveness if that’s the level they operate in but the more you grow the more you understand what Christ has done and the more you stand on it.

When we keep teaching the word, we will discover that there is a change that comes from the word which moral instructions can’t give. If the gospel is God’s power unto salvation, we are rest assured that the gospel will also produce in us the desired fruits of the Spirit. To keep asking if believers will go to hell when they do something wrong is to outrightly say that the word lacks power and isn’t efficacious.

Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandment” The Bible tells us further that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. It takes love to live for God’s glory and not a list of ten commandments or a persistent announcement and threats of hell. What Jesus asked us to do is to be witnesses for him and not to start marking people for condemnation.

I pray for you today, that as you open up to God and the words of his grace, you are built up and grounded and as you discover your inheritance in Christ, you live more and more for him. May the eyes of your understanding continue to be enlightened in the knowledge of God’s word so that you can be able to do what’s pleasing to God. Amen.

Blessings.

-George O.N-
House of Vasileia

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?


Go to the hospital, meet with open-minded doctors and ask them “have you witnessed a miracle?” You would be surprised at the answers you would be given. So many doctors including atheists have seen God’s hand at work in some patients. They have seen cancer disappear, they have seen positive results turn negative and they have seen people who were almost dead rise up from the dead. Some try their best to disprove it with some medical terms but others have no words to say it never happened because they witnessed it.

As a doctor, what would you call it after you diagnosed a patient of cancer and they came after few months when it would have gotten worse only for you to check and confirm by yourself that it isn’t there anymore?

If I believe in God, then, I should believe in miracles, not just a miraculous cure for headache but amazing miracles beyond what words can say. I think anyone who claims to believe in God and His word but does not believe in miracles isn’t truthful about their belief.

Believing in God makes believing in His word sacrosanct! If we believe in God, it also means we aren’t to judge His word based on our experience, other people’s experiences or even our feelings! Our feelings aren’t stable, we can feel good today and feel terrible tomorrow. How then can we use what we feel to judge God’s word when we can’t even trust those feelings?

You could feel the love today and feel hate tomorrow. You could think you love someone today only to end up discovering your emotions were just playing pranks on you. Often times, I see people who claim they believe in God but in a bid to say they aren’t religious they also indicate a certain level of doubt in God’s word! In a bid to be secular-friendly we disregard some accounts in the Bible as a myth because it’s not logical.

But believing in God alone is more extraordinary than believing that miracles happen. We are miracles from God! Think about the world, even if the story of evolution happens to be true when judged in a Bible perspective, isn’t it miraculous? There are a force and power behind the creation and the sustenance of creation. Believing in miracles is as easy as anything if we are true believers in Christ.

If we believe in Jesus, we believe that His words are true and if we believe in God’s word, we should believe in the supernatural. It may not align with our logics, it may not align with our experiences, it may not align with things we see at the moment but it is truer than those things we see.

If at the words of Jesus, Peter and other disciples would catch fishes that almost blew the net, then at that same word, you could experience supernatural things. If the Israelites would feed on the manna that they did nothing to earn, then you can actually enjoy so many things that you didn’t work for but got delivered to you on the plate of grace!

The woman with 12 years of issue of blood got her healing simply on the basis of faith, you too can be healed extraordinarily regardless of what the issue is. If Jesus would multiply bread and fishes, then no matter how many cells are dead in your body, it can multiply into thousands by the power of Jesus resident in you! If Jesus could turn water into wine, then no matter what is lacking in your body, what you eat can be converted to what your body needs.

Jesus mixed sand with His spit and formed another eye for a blind man. This means that by the power of God resident in you, things that have no meaning can become so meaningful and useful to you!

If you truly believe in God and you believe in the finished works of Christ, then it’s not a big deal to believe in the supernatural! The lame can still walk, the blind can still see… Miracles still happen today. It may not be everyone’s experience and we may not experience it the same way but regardless of your experience and feelings, the supernatural is real!

A friend once asked me “I don’t feel the love of God. Does He love me?” I asked her “do you believe in God?” And she affirmed. I asked again “do you believe that He made this earth?” She affirmed, I asked yet again “were you there?” She shook her head saying “but over time, I have seen the hand of God in creation” and I said to her “we may not feel some things, we may not feel loved but it doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us… The problem is our feeling. Believe the truth, stick to it until it becomes what you feel.”

You might have prayed and nothing happened, you might have had ugly experiences and the devil would take this opportunity to pressure you into entertaining doubt. But remember, Joseph had tough times and he didn’t come out of it immediately. The three friends of Daniel was thrown into the fire but they weren’t saved from the fire, they were rather given the ability to survive the fire and even enjoy a divine presence in that fire! Sometimes, God doesn’t save us from certain troubles, those troubles are for our good but He gives us the ability to survive it and pull through.

Look at the Apostles, at some points they were persecuted and thrown into the prison. Some survived it, some didn’t! Paul used those times to write amazing epistles! See, God works in great ways but we may not understand these ways until we get to the end of it. Don’t let your experience shape your reception of God’s word, don’t let what you feel change what you believe! God’s word is truer than our feelings! Our feelings can be very wrong sometimes.

You can’t say you trust Jesus but not believe in miracles. Miracles would be very incompatible with modern logic but if this old earth has remained till today, miracles aren’t outdated either. In helpless situations, don’t be afraid to seek God’s help, you have all the help you need from God! The Bible says in Act 3:16

“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.”

That was about a man who was sick but became healed in the name of Jesus! Isn’t that a miracle? In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus didn’t say some things, many things or a few things! He said, “all things are possible with God!” That is a supernatural statement, ordinary people can’t say that and mean it. Men’s logic can’t guarantee all the answers and our feelings can’t define these things. The key is “don’t just believe a miracle will happen, trust God and His will for your life.”

Nothing is a big deal for you because Christ is in you. Do you believe in miracles? Do you know you are a miracle?

HOW MUCH DOES JESUS LOVE US?


There is always that time when we revisit that old question “does Jesus really loves me?” Sometimes, it is hard to believe that Jesus loves us, it is easy to even question if this “Jesus story” is true considering many experiences we might have had. You may have lost a loved one, you may have had people rejected you severally and you may have failed at things even after you had prayed.

One thing is this, God never promised that all the answers to your prayers would be “yes’. He never promised that you would live all your life without experiencing problems and He never said you wouldn’t lose your loved ones. Sometimes, the people we are praying for to live are praying that they leave this earth and sometimes what we want for ourselves isn’t what God wants for us. It doesn’t matter how tough God’s decision is on us, it is usually for our good.

Who would have believed that God orchestrated all the challenges that Joseph faced? Who would have believed that those challenges we’re channels through which Joseph would become glorified? Even Jesus as a human found it tough at some point that He had to pray ” if only this cup shall pass over me but let your will be done!” There is always that point of pain in our lives, some of these pains may be caused by our own decisions but sometimes they are part of our making process.

Hardship isn’t the proof of God’s hatred, it doesn’t mean there is no God! You have parents who love you but sometimes they make tough decisions for you simply because they love you. This is why after the humanity in Jesus declared his own will, he still went ahead to submit to God’s will which was hard to bear. Let’s read the words of Jesus as reported in Luke 22:42

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Do you see that? Dying on the cross wasn’t something the humanity of Jesus desired but it was the will of God and the human-Jesus submitted wholly to it. You may experience worse things but they aren’t pointers that you are not loved by God. Unfortunately, we live in an era where positive confessions seem to have been regarded as the sole force that controls our lives. So, when you confess money and suddenly meet lack, you are forced to think that God doesn’t love you but that is true! In 1 Corinthians 11:9, we see Paul saying

“And when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything, I kept myself from being a burden to you and will continue to do so.”

Even as God has wrought many miracles through the hands of Paul, there were still those times Paul experienced lack and was in need! You can be in need at times; it as an unhealthy misunderstanding of the scriptures that lead people into the erroneous thinking that God’s promises for His children are usually material things. Some principles in the Bible aren’t iron solid rules. Although obedience to our parents can make us live long in the sense that they will commit certain things and train us in good health, it doesn’t mean there aren’t chances that someone would die prematurely.

If Jesus had lived to a hundred years and still died, we would still be saved but why did He had to die young? Several times that some Christians died young, lots of people keeps assuming that they must have done something wrong but this isn’t always the case. God may not have taken their lives but many times, He allows certain things to happen in His own wisdom. We may not know all the answers but He knows. Let’s progress…

Another reason people question if God loves them is because of their past! But God’s word is clear that we are loved despite what our past looks like. The Bible says in John 3:16 that God loved us so much even while we were lost in sin that He gave up Jesus for our sake! We see in Romans 5:8 that this is the demonstration of God’s love. He wasn’t waiting for us to love Him first, He just loved us despite our flaws. How then can our past or even present issues change God’s mind towards us? It’s not possible.

If God required nothing from our own part to save us, He requires nothing to love us. If God loved us while we were yet sinners, He would continue loving us no matter what! We aren’t loved based on merit but based on God’s grace. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (ESV), Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it (NIV)”.

Salvation is a display of God’s love, it can’t be separated from God’s love. We can’t talk about salvation without talking about His love because it was His love that caused the salvation of man. God’s love is not something we could or can afford, it is something we simply receive by believing.

You can picture yourself as one of the criminals who was crucified with Jesus on the cross, you would be like the one who believed or the one who never believed depending on your own faith. The one who doubted Jesus played dice, he told Jesus to save Himself and them if He is truly the son of God but the one who believed wasn’t playing dice, he professed his faith outrightly and Luke 23:40-43 says

“But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Jesus didn’t despise this sinner’s non-complex but sincere faith and by faith, the thief tapped into the salvation Jesus had offered. Jesus didn’t judge him for how he had lived his life, Jesus didn’t judge him for not having time to make up with the wrongs he had done, Jesus accepted him without reserve.

Throughout our childhood, we would always sing “yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so…” And as we grow and have some terrible experiences we revisit these songs and we ask ourselves, “how much does Jesus love me?” He loves us without reserve, He is careless with His love towards us and the Bible says in Romans 8:35,38-39

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All that is left for you is to accept this love. Whether you are were in doubt or you have never confessed God’s love for you before, you may take some seconds to say this prayer

“Precious Lord, I accept your love for me. I wouldn’t earn it but you just gave it to me freely. I believe that I am loved by you despite my flaws and right now I submit to you as my Lord and my saviour. I receive your gift eternal life and I am born again. Thank you, Lord.”

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Blessings!

GOD CAN USE ANYONE – Don’t doubt it


Previously, I had written about Rahab the Canaanite prostitute whom God used for the purpose of handing the city of Jericho over to the Israelites in my aricle “The Unlikely Ally”.

Remember, the initial time Moses had sent spies to investigate the city, many came back afraid! These people were called God’s people but they didn’t trust that God would hand this city over to them. Yes, they witnessed a lot of miracles but this time, they allowed the present reality to override the memories of the mighty acts of God. (Numbers 13:1-14:4)

They were looking at the size of the giants, they were considering physical attributes, they were judging God’s word which already promised them victory based on their own efforts and they belittled God’s power and indirectly considered the mighty men of that city superior to God. But on another tour into the city, the two men sent by Joshua encountered a prostitute whose name is Rahab. (Joshua 2:1-24)

Rahab would be considered morally bankrupt but this same woman had the simple faith some Israelites didn’t have. She knew her city had mighty men but somehow, she believed that the God of the Israelites has handed the city of Jericho over to the Israelites. Prior to the day the two men encountered her, God had already chosen her to play a role!

Somehow, we are seeing a similar scenario happen in every age! We see how Jesus approached Paul on his way to Damascus (Act 9:1-9) and we see how Jesus had chosen “an enemy” for a great project. It so sad that it is Christians who seem to look down on God’s mercy, Christianity has never been based on works, it has never considered merit, it has never considered efforts. There isn’t any kind of works in Christianity that is not powered by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). In Christianity, we work because we have been empowered and separated to do so, we don’t work to be empowered or to be chosen. Many people still find it hard to believe this.

Rahab was a prostitute but Rahab was a woman chosen by God for a specific purpose! I am not over flogging the subject of God using anyone, we should see even the worst people around us as potential vessels unto honour. In this age, Saul who became Paul would be considered a terrorist and in other words, God chose a terrorist for His purpose. No person encounters God and remains the same. Let me bring it home a bit.

Selena Gomez, Justin Beiber, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Demi Lovato and many more celebrities, atheists all people of diverse religion are all professing Jesus as their Lord and saviour and you think God isn’t raising armies in the most unusual way? Some of these people weren’t convinced by preachers, some of them had personal experiences with God which prompted them into accepting something they had never believed in before or stopped believing in.

Kanye West just declared he is going to focus on “Gospel Music”, Demi Lovato just got baptized, I also learnt Nicki Minaj is leaving the secular music industry. Oh yeah, some things may not be doctrinally correct based on your own analysis but this is what the Bible says “if you shall believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you shall be saved.” The change you are expecting may take time to become a reality before your very eyes but God works in ways you may not even understand and He sees you very differently.

Unfortunately, some Christians are yet to understand what is happening, just like the Israelites who were scared of the Canaanites, they aren’t convinced that God can use the people they regard “worst sinners” and they want to question a lot of things! They would say “but Nicki is still getting naked, but Justin is still doing this and Selena is still doing that… Kanye may not be mentally stable…” This shows that some of us are yet to understand what Christianity is and some of us don’t trust the change that Jesus brings yet! This is why we would regard what God is doing as a publicity stunt!

How God works may be unpopular, unexpected and uncommon but Jesus is changing lives and drawing men to Himself. Like I will always say, there are people God will reach through these people we consider sinners that He may not reach through you. Their lives are testimonies that nothing is impossible with God, this will always leave atheists confused because they can’t understand why people who seem to have all they want suddenly say “they still felt a vacuum which only Jesus could fill!”

What you owe these people are your prayers and not your logic and criticism! God chose them the way they are and you should be praying for them. You should be celebrating what God is doing at this age and when possible, you should be encouraging them. You may not even be better than these people when your profile is opened. Some of us are just very good outside because we keep all our worse behaviours behind closed doors.

The Bible says in Romans 5:8 “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. We weren’t better, we aren’t worth more than the worst person on earth and we have no justifiable reason to think of ourselves better than anyone. It is to this regard that: Jesus said in Luke 6:37 “you shouldn’t judge!” Next time you meet people who seem to be “bad” or morally bankrupt, just know that you just met a potential vessel unto honour. Treat them with respect, treat them with love but be sincere with them about what God wants of them.

Our duty is not to calculate who God can use and how He should use them. We weren’t called to judge people and condemn them, it is anti-christian! We are rather called to love men like Christ would, to show them the love of God in the most sincere way and to reconcile men with God who loves them and have made every possible arrangement to bring them into union with Himself. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)

Blessings!

HOW RIGHTEOUS ARE WE?


Righteousness in the eyes of man may mean “being right with men” and doing what men approve. For example, it may mean dressing in a certain way generally acceptable to man or talking in a certain way! But in God’s viewpoint, righteousness isn’t just an act, it is not what man finds very moral, it has nothing to do with what man can do. Righteousness in God’s perspective is the character, ability and nature of God. God can’t be wrong, He is right all the time!

God is righteous, not because He does righteous things. Rather, the things He does are righteous because He is righteous. He is perfect and righteous in all His ways. The Psalmist wrote in 145:17

The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.”

Certain things God do may not seem right in the eyes of men because men cannot naturally discern the righteousness of God but everything God does is righteous. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, it may seem vicious and very unkind but in the end, we still saw God’s righteousness manifest in ways we never expected. To be righteous therefore means to be like God. It means to possess the character, ability, nature, plans and purpose of God. It means to be in conformity with God’s word. Abraham believed God’ word and it was counted unto him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). Being moral may be fruits of righteousness but they aren’t righteousness on its own.

We became as righteous as God not by our own merits but on the merits of Jesus. When you read through the books of the law and see the requirements of the law, they are so heavy that we cannot carry it. To this regard, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Let’s understand it this way. Jesus is God’s way of being on earth, we know that Jesus is the word of God with which everything that was made was made. (John 1:1) The man was made by God’s word which is Jesus and Jesus also came to earth to take responsibility for the man He made. Although we were given the choice to choose, God also took responsibility for our wrong choices. We come into agreement with God by believing and accepting the means by which He has taken responsibility for our wrong choices.

This is how we attain to righteousness, by yielding to what Jesus has done and not standing on our own strength. Sin isn’t just what we do, it is a nature that was passed into man’s spirit from the first day of Adam’s disobedience. The Bible says in Romans 5:19

Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”

This is why man can only be born again to experience a dimension of God’s kingdom. There are realms we can’t attain to until we are born again! Jesus said in John 3:3

I tell you the truth unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God”.

The natural man lives in the natural realm, he cannot understand so many spiritual things and his experiences are limited to the natural things. It is only when we are born again that we start living the God-life. This is why the Bible says in John 3:16, that anyone who believes, receives this new life! It is this new life that makes us born again! To be born again means that the life and the nature of God have been imparted into our spirit. Although you have a physical life, inside you is something more glorious. Your physical life may be flawed but when you’re born again, you’re born of incorruptible seed. (1 Peter 1:23)

We get born again simply by believing! And when we believe, what was a promise becomes a reality for us. This is how Christ in us becomes our hope of glory. Whatever God says is right, is right! Therefore, through Jesus, you have been made right with God. Our righteousness is not under debate, it is not in doubt because God declared us righteous! If He said “let there be light” and there was light, how much more when He says we are righteous? In the Old Testament, the Bible declared prophetically in Psalm 103:12

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

How far is the east to the west? It is like two parallel lines that cannot meet! Our sins weren’t removed based on our ability not to engage in sinful acts anymore, it was not removed based on our ability never to have wrong thoughts or fall into temptations but based on the sacrifices of Jesus. Just the same way it took one man for all men to become sinners, it also took one man for all men to be made righteous! We personalize what Jesus has done for ourselves when we believe!

Isn’t that amazing? The gospel is not about rules and regulations, it is not about condemning people but about God’s love for man and the extent He went with His love to save man from eternal damnation! For the believer in Christ Jesus, the issue of sin has been settled once and for all!

God bless you!